For more than a year, businesses and communities in the Highlands and Islands have had to adapt and survive in the face of severe economic challenges triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It has been a trying time, one shaped by uncertainty and hardship, which has tested the resilience of the region in the face of adversity. But there is now real cause for optimism.
As we enter a different stage of the pandemic, with a vaccination programme continuing at pace and a life beyond restrictions finally in sight, the prospect of recovery is beginning to feel tangible.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the economic development agency for the region, has high hopes for a restart that doesn’t simply return the area to where it was before, but propels it into a new stratosphere.
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